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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, HR professionals have had their fair share of employment law rulings to keep track of in 2021. We count down the 10 most important judgments of the year that every employer should know about.
10. Male directors dismissed to improve gender pay gap
Bayfield and another v Wunderman Thompson (UK) Ltd and others (employment tribunal)
The employment tribunal upheld two male directors' claims after their advertising agency dismissed them in a bid to "obliterate" its reputation as a "Knightsbridge boys club", in this cautionary tale for employers that are seeking to correct overnight the systemic issues that influence a gender pay gap.
Not long after publishing a "horrible" and "embarrassing" gender pay gap, the advertising agency held a conference to address the lack of diversity in which reference was made to the agency wanting to "obliterate" its reputation that it was full of "white, British, privileged, straight, men".
In a decision that the tribunal found to be discriminatory and unfair, the advertising agency subsequently made two creative directors redundant. It selected two straight white British men for redundancy, both of whom had been among those who had complained about the presentation.
9. Failure to consider furlough affected redundancy's fairness